Asturias cities - Avilés

Aviles was traditionally the major industrial town of Asturias with iron, steel and aluminium works.

Although it still has the characteristics of an industrial town it also has a small but important old town which has recently been declared a Historic and Artistic Monument by the Spanish government. The city became fortified in the 11th century due to its commercial activity as a result of its strategic emplacement and sheltered port. By the 17th century the population growth made it necessary to build outside the medieval citadel, and in the 19th century there was a further "bourgeois urban expansion" Although the fortified city has been destroyed the old town dating from the 17th century is worth visiting.